Proverbs 16 – Commit Your Work to the Lord

“All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes,

but the Lord weighs the spirit.”  (Proverbs 16:2)

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Nobody I know begins their day with the intention of conducting themselves in their daily routine in a manner that will be harmful to others, or displeasing to the Lord.  This is not to say that none of us ever do wrong willfully, but most of the time we believe that we are doing what is right.  Being pure of actions in our own eyes can also mean that we try to get what we need, and do what we must, with as little thought to others as possible.  But Paul says in 1 Corinthians 4:4:

For I am not aware of anything against myself,

but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.

So how then should we go about our business?  The answer comes in verse three:

Commit your work to the Lord,

and your plans will be established.

If we begin each day in prayer to God for His divine guidance to direct our hearts in conducting our daily affairs, He will not withhold the wisdom we need in doing so.

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/Bob’s boy


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2 comments on “Proverbs 16 – Commit Your Work to the Lord

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